Si George Young has commended local football coach Mark Tribe on his hard work after he was named FA Coach of the Year, for the South East of England region, in this year’s FA Community Awards, presented by McDonald’s.
Voted for by peers, The FA Community Awards were founded in 2010 to recognise and celebrate those coaches, volunteers, clubs and leagues in counties across England who dedicate their time to grassroots football in their local community. Regional winners are in with a chance of winning a national award, which are announced later this summer at the FA Community Shield match between Manchester United and Manchester City.
Mark has received this award in recognition of his commitment to coaching at Kingsclere Youth FC, where he has been a coach since 1997. The encouragement he has given to the players, and the emphasis he places on fair play and inclusion, are to be commended.
Local MP and football fan George Young said: “I was delighted to hear that Mark had won this much deserved award. Sport is a great way to bring a community together. Mark’s hard work and dedication to this end is to be admired, and I am pleased to see it recognised with an FA Community Award.”
McDonald’s Director of Football, Sir Geoff Hurst, who launched the FA Community Awards 2011 search for nominations back in February, said: “The FA and McDonald’s Community Football Awards were established as a way of rewarding the extraordinary number of volunteers that lend their time and support to grassroots football, simply for their love of the game.”
As the FA’s Community Partner and the nation’s biggest supporter of grassroots football, McDonald’s has once again partnered with The FA to promote the Community Awards. Over the last eight years, McDonald’s has helped drive the training and recruitment of over 20,000 community coaches and aims to improve standards at grassroots level to help coaches and clubs play an even greater role in community football.